Sacramento Kings’ PG Rajon Rondo has been on fire lately, rattling off triple-doubles in three of his past five games. He has managed 14 or more assists in four of the past five games while posting at least two steals in each of the games. However, while he will remain a must-start Fantasy option in most formats in the upcoming week, PG Darren Collison (hamstring) is expected to return Wednesday in Atlanta. The two play the same position, and it will be interesting to see how head coach George Karl handles the situation. As hot as Rondo has been, it’s hard to believe Karl will send him back to the bench and slash his minutes. But he needs to feed Collison, too, who posted 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 1.0 steals in three games before his injury.
While the Kings get a guard back, the Los Angeles Lakers will be down one heading to Phoenix for their game Monday. Kobe Bryant (back, leg) has been struggling with back and leg pain, and he will stay home Monday. Missing Monday’s game will give him ample time to rest before the team’s next game Friday against Toronto. With just three games in the upcoming week, it’s a good idea to reserve Kobe in cumulative Fantasy formats. In Fantasy leagues which allow daily transactions, and in DFS play, F Metta World Peace has some short-term appeal.
TEAMS WITH FOUR GAMES
Boston, Brooklyn, Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto
TEAMS WITH THREE GAMES
Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland Detroit, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New york, Sacramento
TEAMS WITH TWO GAMES
Orlando, Utah, Washington
MIAMI HEAT: The Heat have a total of three games in the upcoming week, so those in cumulative Fantasy formats won’t like their Heat players as much as some others. However, in leagues which average points per game in a scoring period, as well as Rotisserie formats, Heat players will enjoy a tremendous measure of success with the defensively-challenged Kings, 76ers and Timberwolves each paying a visit to American Airlines Arena this week.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: Fantasy
MILWAUKEE BUCKS: The Bucks hit the road for three, and while they’ll get off to a big start in their first game in Washington, games against the Cavaliers and Pacers will mean a slow go. In addition, just three games in a scoring period will really kill Fantasy owners in cumulative formats.
DFS BASKETBALL STACK TEAM OF THE DAY
MONDAY – Dallas at Philadelphia – The 76ers are an awful defensive club, so look for the Mavs to thrive.
TUESDAY – Milwaukee at Washington – Both the Bucks and Wizards struggle defensively, so target players from both clubs.
WEDNESDAY – Atlanta vs. Sacramento – The Hawks should have a strong offensive showing against the Kings.
THURSDAY – Miami vs. Sacramento – It’s a light night, but the Heat host the defensively-challenged Kings.
FRIDAY – San Antonio at New Orleans – The Pelicans have had trouble at the defensive end, so look for SAS to shine.
SATURDAY – Detroit vs. Washington – The Pistons welcome the Wizards, and it’s Detroit who will be magical.
SUNDAY – Phoenix at New Orleans – The Suns and Pelicans will combine for 200-205 points, meaning Fantasy production.
NOTABLE INJURED PLAYERS (START OR SIT)
Kent Bazemore, SF-SG, Atlanta (ankle): SIT
Bradley Beal, SG, Washington (shoulder): SIT
Patrick Beverley, PG, Houston (concussion): SIT
Kobe Bryant, SG, L.A. Lakers (back): SIT
Willie Cauley-Stein, PF-C, Sacramento (head): START
Darren Collison, PG, Sacramento (hamstring): START
Robert Covington, PF, Philadelphia (knee): START
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City (hamstring): SIT
Tyler Ennis, PG, Milwaukee (shoulder): SIT
Kenneth Faried, PF, Denver (back): START
Manu Ginobili, SG, San Antonio (hip): START
Gerald Green, SF-SG, Miami (illness): START
P.J. Hairston, SF-SG, Charlotte (quadriceps): SIT
Roy Hibbert, C, L.A. Lakers (nose): START
George Hill, SG, Indiana (illness): START
Dwight Howard, C, Houston (back): START
Joffrey Lauvergne, PF-C, Denver (back): START
Kawhi Leonard, SF-SG, San Antonio (illness): START
Meyers Leonard, PF-C, Portland (shoulder): SIT
Wesley Matthews, SF-SG, Dallas (Achilles’): START
Markieff Morris, F, Phoenix (knee): SIT
Victor Oladipo, SF-SG, Orlando (concussion): SIT
Chandler Parsons, SF, Dallas (knee): SIT
Chris Paul, PG, L.A. Clippers (groin): START
Ricky Rubio, PG, Minnesota (hamstring): SIT
Jeff Teague, PG, Atlanta (ankle): SIT
Klay Thompson, SG, Golden State (back): START
Milwaukee at Washington (7:00 p.m. NBATV), Toronto at Golden State (10:30 p.m. NBATV)
New Orleans at Oklahoma City (8:00 pm ESPN), Chicago at Phoenix (10:30 p.m. ESPN/WGN)
Milwaukee at Cleveland (8:00pm TNT), Golden State at L.A. Clippers (10:30 p.m. TNT)
San Antonio at New Orleans (8:00pm ESPN), Chicago at Golden State (10:30pm ESPN/WGN)
Milwaukee at Indiana (7:00pm NBATV)
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POINTS PER GAME
Jamal Crawford, SG, L.A. Clippers (13.6 PPG past 10 games)
Jeremy Lamb, SG, Charlotte (13.3 PPG past nine games)
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Milwaukee (12.6 PPG past 10 games)
Isaiah Canaan, PG, Philadelphia (10.7 PPG past 10 games)
Dion Waiters, SG, Oklahoma City (10.6 PPG past 10 games)
REBOUNDS PER GAME
Bismack Biyombo, C, Toronto (6.6 RPG past 11 games)
Luis Scola, PF, Toronto (6.4 RPG past 11 games)
DeWayne Dedmon, C, Orlando (6.1 RPG past 10 games)
Clint Capela, C, Houston (6.1 RPG past 10 games)
Omri Casspi, SF, Sacramento (5.9 RPG past 11 games)
ASSISTS PER GAME
J.J. Barea, PG, Dallas (5.1 APG past 10 games)
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Milwaukee (3.8 APG past 10 games)
Boris Diaw, C, San Antonio (3.7 APG past nine games)
Marcelo Huertas, PG, L.A. Lakers (3.2 APG past six games)
Andre Miller, PG, Minnesota (3.2 APG past six games)
STEALS PER GAME
Thabo Sefolosha, SG, Atlanta (1.8 SPG past nine games)
Tony Allen, SG, Memphis (1.6 SPG past 11 games)
Mario Chalmers, PG, Memphis (1.5 SPG past eight games)
Toney Douglas, PG, New Orleans (1.4 SPG past eight games)
BLOCKED SHOTS PER GAME
Dewayne Dedmon, C, Orlando (1.7 BPG past 10 games)
Jerami Grant, SF, Philadelphia (1.7 BPG past 10 games)
Clint Capela, C, Houston (1.5 BPG past 10 games)
Brandan Wright, C, Memphis (1.4 BPG past seven games)
Josh Smith, PF, L.A. Clippers (1.3 BPG past 10 games)
3-POINTERS MADE PER GAME
Isaiah Canaan, PG, Philadelphia (23 3PT past 10 games)
Nick Young, SF, L.A. Lakers (22 3PT past 10 games)
Jerryd Bayless, PG, Milwaukee (21 3PT past 10 games)
Hollis Thompson, SG, Philadelphia (20 3PT past 10 games)
Richard Jefferson, SF, Cleveland (15 3PT past 10 games)
Jeremy Lamb, SG, Charlotte (15 3PT past nine games)
(statistics through November 14, 2015)
Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce Photo Credit: Keith Allison